Belgium court jails Iranian diplomat for 20 years over bomb plot

The Iranian diplomat was accused of plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside French capital, Paris. A Belgian court on Thursday convicted an Iranian diplomat for plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside French capital, Paris, and ordered him jailed for 20 years. Assadollah Assadi, now 49, was attached […]

North Korean diplomat defects to South Korea

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1611646517544239800 Tue, 2021-01-26 07:16 SEOUL, South Korea: A North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul’s spy agency. Ha Tae-keung, a conservative opposition lawmaker and an executive secretary of the […]

Senior North Korean diplomat defects to South: Reports

Ryu Hyun Woo, who was the acting ambassador in Kuwait, is thought to have claimed asylum in 2019. A senior North Korean diplomat who was acting ambassador to Kuwait defected to the South with his family in 2019, it emerged in reports on Monday. Ryu Hyun Woo reached South Korea in September 2019 and sought […]

US embassy to stay in Jerusalem: Biden’s top diplomat Blinken

Antony Blinken says Biden’s administration will not reverse Donald Trump’s controversial US embassy move to Jerusalem. The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, his nominee for secretary of state affirmed at his Senate confirmation hearing. “Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and […]

Biden names veteran diplomat Burns as CIA director

A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, rose to become deputy secretary of state before retiring in 2014. President-elect Joe Biden has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, had a 33-year career at the State […]

US diplomat visits Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal

David Schenker’s visit comes ahead of the expected opening of provisional US consulate in the contested desert region. A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel. The US embassy in Rabat called the trip on Saturday by David Schenker, […]

Top Chinese diplomat says relations with US at ‘new crossroads’

Ties between two nations have been strained amid disputes over trade, human rights and the origin of COVID-19 pandemic. China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi has said. Relations between the world’s […]

Egypt summons Ethiopia diplomat over Nile dam remarks

Cairo condemns what it calls an ‘attack on Egyptian state’ and accuses Addis Ababa of using an ‘aggressive tone’. Egypt’s foreign ministry has said it has summoned Ethiopia’s top diplomat in Cairo over comments by an Addis Ababa official regarding a controversial dam on the Nile. The Egyptian ministry “summoned the Ethiopian Charge d’Affaires in […]

Iran diplomat skips opening day of bomb plot trial

An Iranian diplomat went on trial in Belgium on the charge of plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally outside Paris, in a case that has stoked tensions with Tehran. The trial kicked off on Friday despite Assadollah Assadi, 48, refusing to appear in the dock, claiming diplomatic immunity. However, as he was arrested in […]